UNIQUE LAW ENFORCEMENT CHALLENGES IN THE MALOTI-DRAKENSBERG PARK WORLD HERITAGE SITE

 

Daryn Hiltunen
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

 

 

Abstract
The Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site is located along the western border of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, in the Republic of South Africa. It shares an international border with Lesotho and a provincial border with the Free State. The Park is of national and international importance due to its unique natural and cultural values, and as such it has been listed as a World Heritage Site of dual significance. The proclaimed area of the Park is 242 813 ha in size stretching along the Republic’s border with Lesotho from Bushman’s Nek to Cathedral Peak, with a gap between Royal Natal National Park and Rugged Glen in the north bordering Lesotho and the Free State. The altitude above sea level extends from approximately 1 200 m to 3 408 m, the highest point in South Africa. The altitude, topography and location of the Park have implications for effective law enforcement. There are various illegal activities that take place in the Park, some of which are similar to other Protected Areas under Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s (Ezemvelo) management but others are unique to the Park. These activities include:
 Illegal activities in the Park (illegal hunting, illegal collection of fauna and flora, malicious damage to property fires, stock theft and drug smuggling to name a few) all of which could be classified as local and cross border crime
 Illegal entry points into the Park and the Republic
 Illegal flying of airplanes or helicopters in the Park
The law enforcement challenges that are faced by the park rangers, Ezemvelo and ultimately the Republic are unique to the Park as a result from a combination of the topography, location and the illegal activities being undertaken in or through the Park.

 

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UNIQUE LAW ENFORCEMENT CHALLENGES IN THE MALOTI-DRAKENSBERG PARK WORLD HERITAGE SITE
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